EU Policies


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


The objective of this module is:  

  • To provide students with theoretical and factual knowledge about developments within the field of EU policies.  

  • To enable students to analyze EU policies and policy-making processes.  



The module focuses on key policy areas of the EU as well as its policy-making processes. The students will be introduced to policy analysis, the internal dimensions of EU policies (such as trade, migration, environment, employment and energy policies as well as the internal market) as well as the external dimensions (i.e., decision-making procedures, actors and institutions of EU foreign policy). Various theoretical approaches will be presented in these realms. 

Learning objectives


  • theories, themes and practices within the field of EU policies, including foreign policy 

  • policy analysis and policy-making processes in the EU 


  • can use their knowledge within the module’s subject areas to select theories that serve the analytical purpose, and at the same time remain critical to these theories. 

  • are able to identify key actors of the EU policy-making process and their roles  

  • can analyze key areas of EU policies 


  • are able to critically apply theory to empirical data in order to analyze and explain developments within the module’s subject area 

  • can reflect and argue on the basis of scientific knowledge.  

Type of instruction

The module consists of lectures, seminars, and exercises.  



Name of examEU Policies
Type of exam
Written exam
The examination for EU Policies is an internally assessed individual written examination. The examination is a 72-hour take-home assignment comprising issues within the subject area of EU Policies. The assignment paper must not exceed 8 pages.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleEU Policies
Module code2022IR10
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Social Sciences in International Relations
Study BoardStudy Board of Politics and Society
DepartmentDepartment of Politics and Society
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities